Sun readers call new gun control law ‘unconstitutional’ Really? Hardly

October 4, 2013

An overwhelming majority of people responding to a Baltimore Sun poll this week -- a whopping 94% -- called "Maryland's ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines" "unconstitutional." What's more, 18,109 people responded to the "poll" published Tuesday, meaning about 17,000 responders objected to the new ban. This was not a real public opinion survey seeking a random sample of the population that would show what a representative group of Maryland citizens think of the new law. It was one of those pop quizzes made possible by the wonderfully interactive nature of the Internet. [...more]

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Mental health advocates outraged by lack of state funding for psychiatric care, cuts in governor’s budget

April 5, 2013

Despite general agreement on the need for more mental health services to prevent gun violence, providers argue that the state’s psychiatric services are woefully underfunded and that the General Assembly has done little to address this problem. They were particularly shocked that the governor revoked $7.2 million of funding for mental health in his supplemental budget this week. [...more]

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Decision about petition drive on gun control up in the air

Following the controversial passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, many Marylanders in opposition to the law may be wondering: what next? Republican delegates have not yet come together with a unified response. However, rumors of a referendum petition are moving fast. [...more]

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Gun control debate shows divide between two cultures

April 4, 2013

The debate and vote on a sweeping new gun control measure that establishes a stringent licensing regime for handguns reflected a sharp split between two different cultures in Maryland. One shuns guns as instruments of violence and the other embraces them as essential to freedom and safety. [...more]

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Poll: Slight majority still supports death penalty; overwhelming support for gun control measures

March 14, 2013

A new Goucher College poll finds a slight majority of Marylanders (51%) oppose ending executions -- even though many overestimate how often it is used and a majority says it does not deter murder and would prefer life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. An overwhelming majority of Marylanders -- more than four out of five -- support the major provisions of Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control proposal, despite the fierce opposition of a gun-owning minority that has flooded Annapolis hearing rooms. [...more]

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Gun control debate video: Mike McDermott vs. Vinny Demarco

February 24, 2013

The already heated debate over new gun control measures heats up as Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed new restrictions moves to the Senate floor on Tuesday. In this 12-minute video, MarylandReporter.com pits Del. Mike McDermott, a Lower Shore Republican and police officer who opposes new gun licensing rules, against Vinny DeMarco, a long-time advocate for more gun control who heads Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. [...more]

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Pro-gun legislators challenge O’Malley’s gun control proposal

February 3, 2013

With the first hearing on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control package set for a Senate hearing Wednesday, pro-gun legislators are loading up their arguments against the proposals. The lawmakers said that O’Malley’s proposed gun-licensing fees in SB281 could exceed $400 per person, bringing the dawn of a new era when “only rich people could afford guns.” [...more]

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Hundreds protest gun restrictions at Annapolis rally

January 20, 2013

The day after Gov. Martin O’Malley announced gun-control proposals that include licensing for all handguns, several hundred Marylanders protested at a Saturday rally in Lawyer’s Mall just outside the governor’s residence. The rally was one of at least two dozen in state capitals across the country as part of the quickly organized Guns Across America, [...more]

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O’Malley more popular than ever, poll says

January 25, 2011

Gov. Martin O’Malley is more popular among Marylanders than he has ever been, according to a Gonzales Research poll released today. According to the poll, 58% of Marylanders approve of the job O’Malley is doing – up 10% from the most recent Gonzales poll in October. [...more]

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Unseen firearms legislation stirs gun-owner concern

February 10, 2010

Gun rights advocates were upset about a bill strengthening state gun-control laws even before anyone had seen the legislation introduced Tuesday. Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, Senate sponsor of the bill, called the it “comprehensive” in scope. It includes a requirement for gun license applicants to provide fingerprints to the Maryland State Police for a background check. [...more]

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